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Morning Briefing: Mets alone in first

4/17/2015

NEW YORK --

FIRST PITCH: Bartolo Colon will attempt to pitch the New York Mets to their first six-game winning streak in four years on Friday.

Colon bids to improve his record to 3-0 when he opposes ex-Yankee David Phelps (0-0, 36.00 ERA) at 7:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field.

Phelps is returning from paternity leave after the birth of his son Jack on Monday. He enters the Miami Marlins rotation in place of Henderson Alvarez, who has landed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.

The Mets' last six-game winning streak came April 21-27, 2011.

FRIDAY'S NEWS REPORTS:

  • Danny Muno has been promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas with the Mets deciding to make their bench a conventional five position players. The corresponding move will be announced Friday. Muno, an eighth-round pick in 2011 out of Fresno State, becomes the first player drafted by Sandy Alderson's regime to reach the majors with the ballclub. The first draftee to reach the majors overall actually came when Logan Verrett, a Rule 5 pick by the Baltimore Orioles, made the Opening Day roster of the Texas Rangers after being claimed off waivers. Barring an injury to a pitcher that has not yet been disclosed, the simplest roster move may be to demote Erik Goeddel. A wild card might be if the Mets decide Rafael Montero needs to get on track by being placed in the Triple-A rotation. Read more in Newsday and at NJ.com.

    • The Mets beat the Marlins, 7-5, Thursday to extend their winning streak to five games and improve their record to 7-3. The Amazin's have taken over sole possession of first place in the NL East, although manager Terry Collins downplayed the significance at this stage of the season, saying: "Oct. 1 it'll mean a helluva lot." This marks the latest in a season the Mets have been in first place since they were 14-10 on May 1, 2010. The five-game winning streak is the club's longest since May 26-30, 2013.

      A 5-minute, 44-second replay review determined Ichiro Suzuki went untagged and the Marlins should be awarded the tying run in the top of the seventh. A half-inning later, however, Lucas Duda answered with his third hit of the night, a go-ahead RBI single against left-hander Mike Dunn. Duda finished 3-for-4 with two doubles. He became the fifth player in franchise history with multiple extra-base hits in three straight games, joining Carlos Beltran (2006), Rico Brogna (1994), Lenny Dykstra (1987) and Frank Thomas (1962). Duda is now 4-for-8 against left-handed pitching this season.

      Giancarlo Stanton and Martin Prado homered against Dillon Gee. Stanton is now the all-time leader in homers in Marlins history with 155. He passed Dan Uggla. Wilmer Flores had a three-run homer -- his first three RBIs of the season. Jerry Blevins is now 10-for-10 in retiring batters as a Met -- all lefties. Jeurys Familia recorded his fourth save this week.

      Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Journal, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • After the game, Travis d'Arnaud conceded he never tagged Suzuki on the disputed seventh-inning play before the Marlin touched the plate. The replay length was 26 seconds shy of the apparent MLB record, in a Marlins-Cincinnati Reds game last July 31 that involved a heated dispute over whether a runner had a clear path to the plate. “It was long enough for everyone in the stands to yell out their opinion,” Gary Cederstrom, Thursday's crew chief, told a pool reporter afterward when asked about the length. Read more in the Post, Daily News and at MLB.com.

  • Gee described himself as “stupid” for pitching to Stanton with first base open in the first inning after Christian Yelich's steal. Stanton launched a two-run homer. Read more in the Post.

  • Columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post suggests “we're finally seeing the real Terry Collins” this season.

  • Columnist Anthony Rieber in Newsday chronicles the Mets' 4-0 record at Citi Field.

  • Joe Trezza at MLB.com reviews Curtis Granderson's stellar bases-loaded catch in the sixth that allowed Montero to escape a major jam inherited from Gee.

  • Read more on Flores, who had a game-tying three-run homer, in the Post and at MLB.com.

  • Vic Black tossed a no-hit relief inning in a rehab appearance with Class A St. Lucie on Thursday. Bobby Parnell, handling the following frame, allowed two runs on two extra-base hits and a walk.

  • Bob Raissman in the Daily News catches up with former SNY analyst Bobby Ojeda, who departed this offseason after failing to agree on a new contract. In addition to a money gap during negotiations, Ojeda told Raissman he bolted partly because of turnover at the producer level. Craig Germain, the senior coordinating producer, left for the NFL Network. Gerard Guilfoyle, the producer of the pregame and postgame shows, “began taking on other projects.”

  • Columnist John Harper in the Daily News suggests the Mets may have a “game-changer” with Duda, like the Marlins have with Stanton. Michael Cuddyer said Duda's penchant for driving in runs reminds him of Justin Morneau when they were teammates with the Minnesota Twins, writes Mike Vorkunov at NJ.com.

  • David Wright tells Anthony DiComo at MLB.com he is "bored out of his mind" being on the DL.

  • Kiley McDaniel at Fangraphs.com reports the Mets appear to have a $1.8 million deal in place with Dominican shortstop Gregory Guerrero, a nephew of Vladimir Guerrero. International 16-year-olds cannot sign until July 2. The Mets previously had signed another Guerrero nephew, Jose, according to MLB.com.

  • Matt Reynolds and Alex Castellanos homered as Las Vegas beat Sacramento, 7-4. T.J. Rivera went 4-for-4 with three RBIs in Binghamton's 9-3 home-opener win against Harrisburg. Dominic Smith, a 2013 first-round pick, went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and St. Lucie beat Brevard County, 14-6. Smith entered the game 3-for-27 this season. Stefan Sabol, Wuilmer Becerra and Pedro Perez homered in Savannah's 8-3 win against Charleston.

  • Lynn Worthy in the Press & Sun-Bulletin examines whether the Binghamton Mets may be sold … and even bolt Binghamton at some point.

BIRTHDAYS: Former catcher Gary Bennett turns 43.

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